ED­I­TOR’S BLACK BOOK

Elle (Canada) - - Escape -

STAY If you’re look­ing for charm, you’ll find it in spades at the world’s small­est ho­tel in Copen­hagen’s hip­ster Vester­bro ’hood. The Cen­tral Ho­tel is a homey one-room abode decked out with vin­tage fix­tures and Trom­borg skin­care ameni­ties, and it’s set above an equally quaint café. Or, spread out at Ho­tel SP34, lo­cated on the edge of Ørst­edsparken, a sprawl­ing cro­cus-bloom-filled pub­lic green space in the city cen­tre. The ho­tel fea­tures the best of mod­ern Dan­ish de­sign, in­clud­ing sleek leather-clad colo­nial chairs from Ole Wan­scher and wood café ta­bles by Nanna Ditzel. SHOP Wan­der through the spa­cious open­con­cept flag­ship for Dan­ish brand Wood Wood in the Strøget shop­ping dis­trict, where cob­ble­stone streets are re­served for pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and a fair share of buskers. Shop for smart streetwear sep­a­rates along­side hand-picked pieces from Comme des Garçons, Car­ven and Jac­que­mus. Then, travel back in time (and about five min­utes by foot west­ward) to hunt for trea­sure at Time’s Up Vin­tage, a cu­rated col­lec­tion of high-end fash­ion finds from decades past—think flo­ral Moschino frocks from the ’90s and au­then­tic Ja­panese ki­monos from the ’60s and ’70s. EAT Boast­ing the most Miche­lin-starred restau­rants of any city in Scan­di­navia (17 stars were awarded in 2014), Copen­hagen presents the very happy predica­ment of be­ing spoiled for choice. Where to start? Book a ta­ble at No. 2, the younger sib­ling of gourmet Restau­rant AOC, for a lo­ca­vore take on New Nordic Cui­sine. Must-try: the Dan­ish beef ten­der­loin and vi­brant salt-baked beet­root. EX­PLORE Rent a car and head north along the coast to nearby Hum­le­baek, home of the Louisiana Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. Sit­u­ated on an ex­pan­sive wil­low-dot­ted lawn, sur­rounded by a sculp­ture gar­den and with a view of Swe­den across the sound, it’s worth a visit just to take in the tran­quil pas­toral set­ting.

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